Type of media Film
Approved Running time 130m 12s
Release date 26/12/2012
BBFCInsight Contains moderate violence and one use of strong language
Director(s) Christopher McQuarrie
Cast includes Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Werner Herzog, Jai Courtney, Robert Duvall
Cut This work was cut. The cuts were made at the request of the distributor to achieve a particular category. To obtain this category cuts of 0m 2s were required. Details of cuts below may contain spoilers or plot details.
- ECI information
BBFCinsight publication date 16/12/2012
Note: The following text may contain spoilers
JACK REACHER is a thriller based on the novel 'One Shot' by Lee Child. Tom Cruise stars as Jack Reacher, an ex-military policeman who sets out to investigate whether a man who has been arrested for a series of apparently random shootings is actually guilty of the crime. It is rated 12A for moderate violence and one use of strong language.
The single use of strong language ('f**k') is directed by a woman to her father but not in a particularly aggressive fashion. There are also uses of moderate language such as 'bitch' and 'prick'.
There are a number of scenes of moderate violence. These generally occur in the context of set-piece action fights between the hero and characters who are clearly defined as villains. Although some heavy blows are landed, including kicks, punches and elbow blows to many parts of the body, little is shown in terms of blood or injury detail. The emphasis is generally placed on the superior fighting skills of the hero. One sequence shows a man pressing his thumb deep into his assailant's eye but this is a defensive move and lacks clear detail. Another scene shows a head-butt, resulting in a very brief spurt of blood from the nose.
JACK REACHER also contains moderate sex references, including women being referred to as 'whores' and 'sluts'. There are also some undetailed drug references, including a passing verbal reference to 'cooking crystal' and sight of a 'bong', which is not seen being used.
No-one younger than 12 may see a '12A' film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. No-one younger than 12 may rent or buy a '12' rated video or DVD. Responsibility for allowing under-12s to view lies with the accompanying or supervising adult.
Company chose to reduce two moments of violence (a woman being suffocated by a man and a man being hit over the head with a rock) in order to achieve a 12A classification. Cuts made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy. An uncut 15 classification was available.
- Paramount Pictures UK
- Classified date(s)
- Main language
- Submitted run time
- 130m 14s
- Approved footage
- BBFC reference
- Registration number
- This work was originally classified 15 without cuts on 14 September 2012. This determination was formally reconsidered by the BBFC at the request of the submitting company. The BBFC carefully considered the arguments put forward by the submitting company, looked again at the relevant submitted material, and concluded that the film could be classified 12A subject to cuts being made in two sequences.